One Step Reshapes Portion Only Of Article Patents (Class 264/296)
  • Patent number: 11654608
    Abstract: A drink cup includes a body formed to include an interior fluid-storage region and a brim. The brim is coupled to the body to surround an opening into the interior fluid-storage region. The brim is formed by a brim-forming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2023
    Assignee: Berry Global, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert L. Pressley, Jeffrey A. Mann, Leif D. Gabrielson, Zachariah N. Fellers
  • Patent number: 11643241
    Abstract: A corrugated plastic box and a method for manufacturing a corrugated plastic box from a blank are provided. The method includes the steps of forming rounded edge seals on the perimeter edges of the blank, pre-sealing portions of the blank to form a plurality of areas in which major and minor flap slots and a glue tab are desired, ultrasonically scoring the blank to form a plurality of flap score lines, and cutting the blank through the plurality of pre-sealed flap slots and glue tab, leaving a sealed edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2023
    Assignee: ORBIS Corporation
    Inventors: William F. McMahon, Donald J. Balazs
  • Patent number: 11629730
    Abstract: A vacuum pump comprises: a cylindrical rotor; multiple heat insulating pins; and a stator having a cylindrical portion arranged with a predetermined gap in an outer peripheral side of the rotor and a fixing portion to be fixed to a pump base through the multiple heat insulating pins. The heat insulating pins have a lower thermal conductivity than those of the stator and the pump base, and support the fixing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Shimadzu Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroaki Kimura
  • Patent number: 11529758
    Abstract: A blow mold method for a double-walled container, including: blowing in which an intermediate molded article is molded by stretch blowing a preform housed in a die; and pressing in which the intermediate molded article is pressed inside the die and a double-walled container is molded. During the pressing, an internal floor-corresponding section is pressed such that internal wall-corresponding section is inverted as far as the inside of an outer wall-corresponding section, in a state in which heat retention is maintained such that the internal wall-corresponding section can be inverted as far as the inside of the outer wall-corresponding section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Inventor: Yoichi Tsuchiya
  • Patent number: 11503929
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides adhesive mounting articles that can be removed from surfaces without damage by having reduced contribution of a hardgood to the peel force generated by the adhesive article during removal. In some instances, this can be accomplished by a hardgood that is flexible in a peel direction and rigid in a weight hanging direction. Such hardgoods may include a plurality of minimally connected body segments arranged about the transverse axis of the hardgood body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: Payam Khodaparast, Erik M. Anderson, Kevin W. Weber
  • Patent number: 11504901
    Abstract: A method for forming a composite fluid conduit includes providing an inner pipe having a variation in cross-section between at least two different longitudinal sections thereof and applying a fiber reinforced composite material to the inner pipe. In some disclosed examples the variation in cross section may be provided intermediate opposing ends of the inner pipe. In other disclosed examples the variation in cross section may be provided at an end region of the inner pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: M-Flow Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Giles Edward, Richard Damon Goodman Roberts, Martin Peter William Jones, Luke Rumsey, John Brickwood, Milan Bujdoso
  • Patent number: 11499202
    Abstract: A cooling method for a workpiece includes placing entirety of the workpiece in an inner space of a recess provided on a molding surface of a lower mold, pressing or restraining the workpiece by a mold including the lower mold and an upper mold in which a protrusion corresponding to the recess of the lower mold is provided on a molding surface, supplying a liquid coolant to the inner space of the recess through a coolant supply passage provided in at least one of the lower mold and the upper mold by a pump, and discharging air in the inner space of the recess upward through an air escape passage, and cooling the workpiece by immersing the entirety of the workpiece, which has been heated, in the liquid coolant that fills the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Inventors: Akihiro Seki, Nobuyuki Naito, Yoichi Jinza, Hiroshi Fukuchi, Kazuo Hikida, Ken Takata, Naruhiko Nomura
  • Patent number: 11479303
    Abstract: An apparatus and method, according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, cutting opposing notches in side edges of a flat metallic strip to provide a flat notched strip with pairs of notches extending along a length of the flat notched strip. The flat notched strip is rolled formed to provide a profiled notched strip and a flexible material is extruded to cover the profiled notched strip to provide a roof ditch molding. The roof ditch molding is cut at notch locations to achieve a desired molding length extending between molding cut ends comprising tabs, and a pattern of flexible material is removed from the notches associated with the molding cut ends. The tabs are bent to provide final formed ends for the roof ditch molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Paul Kenneth Dellock, David Brian Glickman, Stuart C. Salter, Michael A. Musleh
  • Patent number: 11433581
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to a method for injection-molding a device, in particular a cable tie, with an integrated wireless tag, comprising the method steps of a) putting a tagging foil with two main surfaces which are separated by an edge, into a mold cavity of an open mold, where the tagging foil is held in place by a supporting device; b) closing the mold; c) injecting an injection material into the mold cavity parts adjoining the two main surfaces of the tagging foil simultaneously and symmetrically with respect to a main extension plane of the tagging foil which is parallel to the two main surfaces of the tagging foil so as to simplify and speed up the manufacturing process of a device with an integrated wireless tag or label. The disclosure furthermore relates to a corresponding molding device as well as a corresponding device with an integrated wireless tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: Aptiv Technologies Limited
    Inventors: Farshad Miraboutalebi, Hagen Spiess
  • Patent number: 11369363
    Abstract: Bone anchors having improved fixation are discussed. The bone anchors include an anchor body and radially protruding ribs that extend approximately parallel to a longitudinal axis of the bone anchor. A leading distal edge of each rib may be configured in a tapered “knife-edge” configuration. Such ribs may mitigate the plow-out effect, preserving contact between the ribs and the surrounding bone along the length of the anchor. Furthermore, such ribs provide increased surface area, improving fixation strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: Smith & Nephew, Inc.
    Inventors: Nehal Navinbhai Patel, Mark Edwin Housman
  • Patent number: 11285641
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for manufacturing curved composite stringers. Such composite stringers may have in-plane and/or out-of-plane bends, which are formed while shaping composite charges. Specifically, a composite charge is shaped using a pallet, comprising a plurality of independent pallet portions, rotatably coupled to each other. A hat portion is formed when a part of this charge is conformed to a cavity in the pallet. The pallet portions are rotated relative to each other while forming the hat portion and/or when the hat portion already conforms to the cavity. In some examples, the die is bent together with the charge, when the pallet portions are rotated. This rotation produces one or more of in-plane and/or out-of-plane bends. In some examples, flange portions of the composite charge are positioned in a temporary orientation, e.g., to enable bending of the charge and reduce wrinkles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven J. Plummer, Kurtis S. Willden, Raviendra S. Suriyaarachchi, Paul D. Shaw, James R. Kendall, Darrell D. Jones
  • Patent number: 10933232
    Abstract: An anchor device is described that is adapted to support one or more conductors extending out of an opening in an outer surface of an eye, from a device implanted in the eye to a communications interface. The anchor device comprises a conductor receiving portion including a channel, the conductors being positionable through the channel; and a fixation portion connected to the conductor receiving portion, the fixation portion being adapted to be secured to the outer surface of the eye. The conductor receiving portion is configured to allow movement of the channel and/or conductors relative to the fixation portion. A visual prosthesis comprising the anchor device is also described, along with apparatus and methods for positioning the visual prosthesis or other types of implantable electrical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: The Bionics Institute of Australia
    Inventors: Christopher Edward Williams, Joel Villalobos Villa, Owen Burns
  • Patent number: 10926443
    Abstract: An injection mold for molding a flip-top closure having a body portion and a lid attached to the body portion by a living hinge has first and second mold portions for defining first and second portions of the flip-top closure respectively, a lid closing tool for closing the lid of the flip-top closure on the body portion after a molding of the flip-top closure in the injection mold and before an ejection of the flip-top closure from the injection mold, and first and second linear actuators operatively connected to the lid closing tool for moving the lid closing tool about first and second axes respectively. The first and second linear actuators are controllable to move the lid closing tool along a lid closing path for closing the lid. An in-mold lid closing device and a method for making a flip-top closure are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Christian Krammer, Christian Rada
  • Patent number: 10596502
    Abstract: A filter element for a dirt suction device is provided, with a filter frame, on which a filter medium is attached, wherein on the filter frame, a continuous seal is arranged, the inner circumferential surface of which is arranged on an outer circumferential surface of the filter frame and has a section that radially protrudes over the filter frame, wherein a groove is arranged on a front side of the protruding section of the seal, and that a sealing surface is arranged on the opposite front side of the protruding section of the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NILFISK A/S
    Inventor: Anders Foenss
  • Patent number: 10556372
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a base assembly (100) for forming a base portion of a plastic container. The base assembly comprises a base pedestal (104), a base mold attached to the base pedestal, a push rod (102) movable between a first position and a second position with respect to the base mold to reposition a portion of the plastic container, and an activation mechanism adapted to move the push rod between the first position and the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Kent Goss, Paul Kelley, Scott Bysick, Philip Sheets
  • Patent number: 10478997
    Abstract: Described is an apparatus for heating end portions of pipes made of thermoplastic material, comprising an internal heating element, designed to be inserted at least partially inside an end portion of a pipe made of thermoplastic material for heating an inner cylindrical surface of the portion, the heating element comprising at least one infra-red ray radiation unit which has an operating zone designed to face at least partially the inner cylindrical surface, the operating zone extending longitudinally along a predetermined direction, parallel to a central axis of the pipe to be heated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: SICA S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Tabanelli
  • Patent number: 10285217
    Abstract: An apparatus for heating plastic preforms comprises a transport device, which transports the plastic preforms along a predefined transport path. The transport device comprises a first circulating transport device and a second transport device; a plurality of first holding elements constructed and arranged on the first transport device for holding the plastic preforms; at least one heating device along the transport path that heats the plastic preforms during a movement of the plastic preforms along the transport path, wherein the transport path has at least one first portion with a first curvature and at least one second portion with a second curvature which differs from the first curvature; and a plurality of second holding elements constructed and arranged on the second transport device for holding the plastic preforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KRONES AG
    Inventor: Wolfgang Schoenberger
  • Patent number: 10265887
    Abstract: A mold for producing atomizer nozzles, wherein a mouthpiece core mold part defines an inner wall of the mouthpiece, at least in the region of a transition between the mouthpiece and the flow chamber, and is of integral design, wherein the flow chamber core mold part has a substantially smooth surface and continuous contours in the region of the transition from the flow chamber to the mouthpiece, and wherein the mouthpiece core mold part is placed against the flow chamber core mold part at the transition between the flow chamber and the mouthpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: LECHLER GMBH
    Inventor: Juergen Speier
  • Patent number: 10058700
    Abstract: An anchor device is described that is adapted to support one or more conductors extending out of an opening in an outer surface of an eye, from a device implanted in the eye to a communications interface. The anchor device comprises a conductor receiving portion including a channel, the conductors being positionable through the channel; and a fixation portion connected to the conductor receiving portion, the fixation portion being adapted to be secured to the outer surface of the eye. The conductor receiving portion is configured to allow movement of the channel and/or conductors relative to the fixation portion. A visual prosthesis comprising the anchor device is also described, along with apparatus and methods for positioning the visual prosthesis or other types of implantable electrical apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Bionics Institute of Australia
    Inventors: Christopher Edward Williams, Joel Villalobos Villa, Owen Burns
  • Patent number: 9969118
    Abstract: A method for producing a container (2) from a blank (3) in a mold (1) provided with a wall (4) and a mold bottom (8) that is movable relative to the wall (4) between a retracted position and a deployed position, the method including: a phase of introducing the blank (3) into the mold; a preblowing phase including the injection, into the blank (3), of a fluid pressurized to a so-called preblowing pressure, a blowing phase following the preblowing phase and including the injection, into the blank (3), of a fluid pressurized to a so-called blowing pressure greater than the preblowing pressure; a boxing phase including the displacement of the mold bottom (8) from the retracted position thereof to the deployed position thereof, initiated after the pressure in the blank (3) has reached the blowing pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Mikael Derrien, Pierrick Protais
  • Patent number: 9718232
    Abstract: An apparatus (100) for the fabrication of a container (300) comprising a mold (121) defining the form of said container (300) and configured to accommodate a substantially tubular preform, an injection head (115) configured to interface with the preform (108) and establish fluid communication with a cavity thereof; and an injection valve (202), said injection valve (202) configured to selectively permit fluid communication through said injection head (115); said apparatus (100) further comprising at least one compression means (303A, 303B) mobile relative to said mold (121) such that said at least one compression means (303A, 303B) is disposed outside said mold cavity (105) in a retracted position and projects into said mold cavity (105) in an extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: DISCMA AG
    Inventor: Damien Kannengiesser
  • Patent number: 9688047
    Abstract: A hemmed structure includes a first member and a second member. The first member is a sheet-like member including a thermoplastic resin and includes an inner bent portion formed at a position at which an end portion of the first member is bent. The second member is a sheet-like member a metal material and includes an outer bent portion formed at a position at which an end portion of the second member is bent. The outer bent portion is disposed so as to wrap around the inner bent portion, and the end portion of the second member is disposed inside the inner bent portion. A brittle portion is formed on an inner surface of the inner bent portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventors: Akiko Inami, Keiji Nakamura, Kensuke Sakai, Noboru Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 9409343
    Abstract: A method and structure for flattening or straightening a curled flexible printed circuit, such as a flexible printed circuit that has been curled during a contact embossing process. The structure can include a cylindrical opening and a support shaft suspended within the cylindrical opening that prevents buckling of the flexible printed circuit during straightening. To flatten the curled flexible printed circuit, the curled end of the flexible printed circuit can be inserted into the cylindrical opening until the curled end is wrapped partially or completely around the support shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Inventors: Bryan R. Dolan, Michael Leo
  • Patent number: 9205594
    Abstract: A large area patterned film includes a first patterned area; a second patterned area; and a seam joining the first patterned area and the second patterned area, wherein the seam has a width less than about 20 micrometers. A method for tiling patterned areas includes depositing a predetermined thickness of a curable material; contacting a first portion of the curable material with a mold; curing the first portion of the curable material; removing the mold from the cured first portion of the curable material; contacting a second portion of the curable material with the mold, such that the mold contacts a portion of the cured first portion of the curable material; curing the second portion of the curable material; and removing the mold to yield a seam between the cured first portion of the curable material and the cured second portion of the curable material, wherein the seam has a dimension less than about 20 micrometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: Liquidia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Alexander Ermochkine, Derek Schorzman, Jacob Sprague
  • Patent number: 9034233
    Abstract: In a method of processing a substrate in accordance with an embodiment, a trench may be formed in the substrate, imprint material may be deposited at least into the trench, the imprint material in the trench may be embossed using a stamp device, and the stamp device may be removed from the trench.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Joerg Ortner, Michael Sorger
  • Publication number: 20150118442
    Abstract: A decorative assembly (20) includes a translucent part (26) overlaying a portion of a chromed visible surface (24) of a base part (22) to define a first visible portion (28) of the chromed visible surface (24) not covered by the plastic layer and a second visible portion (30) of the chromed visible surface (24) covered by but visible through the translucent part (26) for allowing the chromed visible surface (24) to be freely exposed along the first visible portion (28) and for allowing light to pass through the translucent part (26) and reflect off the second visible portion (30) of said chromed visible surface (24). At least one of the second visible portion (30) of the chromed visible surface (24) or the translucent part (26) includes a three-dimensional texture (32) to redirect the light reflected off the second visible portion (30) of the chromed visible surface (24).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Lee A. Chase
  • Patent number: 8999218
    Abstract: A process of producing a member having a pattern. The process includes preparing a first mold having a pattern surface provided with a first uneven pattern at a surface of the first mold, and preparing a second mold having a pattern surface, provided with a second uneven pattern at a surface of the second mold, including a shape portion corresponding to an outer peripheral shape of the pattern surface provided with the first uneven pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Junichi Seki, Masao Majima, Nobuhito Suehira
  • Patent number: 8992813
    Abstract: A component made of at least one thermoformable material, having a first layer made of a first material, a second layer made of a second material, and a third layer made of the first material. The three layers form a sheet, which is formed to various shapes, depending upon the part that is to be created. The sheet may be formed to produce the bumper of an automobile, a door panel for an automobile, a flotation device, such as a pontoon for a pontoon boat, or the like. The first and third layers are SMC, and the second layer, or “core,” is disposed between the first and third layers, allowing the strength of the first and third layers to be used more efficiently, compared to a sheet having only the first and third layers, and no core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Robbins, Jeremy Alan Panasiewicz, Louis Dodyk
  • Publication number: 20150021823
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for imparting a rounded tip to a length of multi-layered tubing to form a urinary catheter includes a plurality of dies with internal geometry to successively push back an end region of an inner layer of the multi-layered tubing, exposing an interior of an end region of an external layer, and forming that end region of the external layer into a rounded end that is free of bald spots. The end region of the external layer may be thinned out by an intermediate die having an elongate conical die plug therein. Gravity and vacuum pressure may be used to facilitate flow of material of which at least one of the layers of the multi-layered tubing is constructed when heated to a deformable condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: William L. Givens, JR.
  • Patent number: 8911650
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite element. A stack of plies is assembled on a lay-up table, each ply comprising a plurality of reinforcement elements such as dry-fibers. A first part of the stack of plies is bound to form a partially bound stack of plies, a second part of the stack of plies remaining unbound. The partially bound stack of plies is press-formed in a mold cavity between a pair of mold tools to form a shaped pre-form, plies in the second part of the stack sliding against each other during the press-forming. A liquid matrix material is injected into the shaped pre-form in the mold cavity and subsequently cured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Simon W Topping, Martin Edwards, Risto Kallinen, Nils Haack
  • Publication number: 20140361061
    Abstract: A holder for a set of tongs is provided that includes a back anchoring portion with a tab joined to an intermediary bridge portion which is in turn joined to a forward tubular tong-receiving portion. A bend at the bridge portion positions the back anchoring portion to the back of the forward tong-receiving portion. The tab and bridge portion are adapted to be engaged over the top edge of an apron, apron tie, or similar support at a user's waist. The forward tong-receiving portion is formed into a generally open tubular- shape to receive a set of tongs. Preferably the holder is formed of a unitary continuous, thin blank. The support of the bridge and back anchor portion including a projecting tab allows the tongs to be inserted quickly and removed efficiently from the forward tubular tong-receiving portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Melvin J Quinones
  • Publication number: 20140335321
    Abstract: A polymeric sheet comprising: a first surface and a second surface; and a first embossed pattern on at least one of the first surface or the second surface and method of preparing same is provided. In one aspect, the sheet comprises at least two protrusions, the at least two protrusions direct, impede, and/or control gas movement between the at least two protrusions when arranged in contact with a surface and externally compressed. In another aspect, the sheet is at least partially cross-linked and/or foamed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Benjamin Joshua Reisman, Baruch Zur, Gregory A. Brooker
  • Publication number: 20140291891
    Abstract: The method for producing a member for applying a cosmetic product comprising: an application portion (3); a longitudinal core (5), housed in the application portion (3); the method comprising the following successive steps: a first step for injecting the application portion (3) into a cavity (29) of a mold (27); a second step for injecting the longitudinal core (5) into the cavity (29) of the mold (27). In the first step, a pin (31) is arranged in the cavity (29) and in the second step, the pin (31) is moved relative to the cavity (29), and the longitudinal core (5) is injected into a space (47) freed up by the pin (31).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick Charnay
  • Patent number: 8844113
    Abstract: A medical device includes a polymer stent scaffold crimped to a catheter having an expansion balloon. A process for forming the medical device includes placing the scaffold on a support supported by an alignment carriage, and deionizing the scaffold to remove any static charge buildup on the scaffold before placing the scaffold within a crimper to reduce the scaffold's diameter. The polymer scaffold is heated to a temperature below the polymer's glass transition temperature to improve scaffold retention without adversely affecting the mechanical characteristics of the scaffold when deployed to support a body lumen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yunbing Wang
  • Patent number: 8840830
    Abstract: There is provided a method of molding which is capable of more highly precisely molding a molded article to be molded such as a lens than conventional technologies. A molded article such as a lens array and a mold for nanoimprinting is molded by repeating multiple times a transfer step including: a transformation step of bringing a light curable composition containing a compound having a polymerizable functional group and a polymerization initiator into contact with a transfer member 62 on which a transfer shape portion shaped equally to or reversely to an aspherical lens portion 312 is formed to transform the light curable composition to the transfer shape of the transfer member 62; a curing step of irradiating at least a transformed portion of the transformed light curable composition with light by a light irradiation unit 60 to cure the light curable composition; and a separation step of separating the cured light curable composition and the transfer member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: AJI Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shigeru Yamaki, Hideo Miyata, Nobuyuki Mitarai, Nobuaki Ishii, Katsumi Murofushi, Kunio Yoshida
  • Patent number: 8801424
    Abstract: A device for expanding a hollow body includes a plurality of sector-shaped expandable jaws disposed in a holder and distributed about a central axis. The expandable jaws extend along the axis to a free end and are radially movable with respect to the axis. Each of the expandable jaws includes: a cylindrical surface having a radius corresponding to a radius of the expanded hollow body and an inward radial taper at an area of the free end; and a plurality of projections and recesses disposed in a joint region and arranged in an alternating manner with each other along the axis and at least partially extending into the area of the free end. The cylindrical surfaces are rounded off to transition to respective outer surfaces of the projections. The outer surfaces of the projections extend, at least at ends of the projections, radially inward with respect the cylindrical surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Rothenberger AG
    Inventors: Knut Lindner, Thoralf Krause, Arnd Greding
  • Publication number: 20140203477
    Abstract: Method and tooling apparatus for forming a composite charge into a stringer having an I-shaped cross-section. A substantially flat composite charge is placed on a die set and pressed formed into a die set cavity to form a stringer hat. A stringer base is formed by press forming the composite charge against the die set. The die set is used to compress the stringer hat into a stringer web having a bulb on one end thereof. A stringer cap is formed by press forming the bulb within a recess in the die set.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Chapman, Khanh M. Pham
  • Patent number: 8784362
    Abstract: A rapid exchange catheter comprises a guide wire lumen including a substantially sealed portion in which a lumen wall extends around an entire periphery thereof and a channel portion including a channel opening the lumen to an exterior of the catheter, wherein a width of the channel is less than a maximum width of the channel portion. A guide wire ramp extends into the channel portion, with the ramp extending further into the lumen of the channel portion as a distal end of the ramp is approached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Boston Scientific Scimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Boutilette, James E. Windheuser, Oscar R. Carrillo, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140197575
    Abstract: A method is for fabricating a device for injecting a filler material in the fluid phase into a root canal space, the device including an adapter nozzle, an auto-mixer connected to the adapter nozzle, an intra-oral injection nozzle positioned at the upper end of the auto-mixer. The method includes using a shape memory material to make the injection nozzle so as to be bendable according to a desired orientation. The method also includes arranging on the exterior surface of the injection nozzle, circular ribs defining a groove, and moulding the upper end of the auto-mixer in this groove so that the injection nozzle is lodged in position in the upper end while retaining a degree of freedom in rotation around its axis of symmetry, or one or multiple circular ribs parallel to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Stephen KOUBI
  • Patent number: 8758659
    Abstract: A method of forming a chemical mechanical polishing pad. The method includes polymerizing one or more polymer precursors and forming a chemical-mechanical planarization pad including a surface, forming grooves in the surface defining lands between the grooves, wherein the grooves have a first width, and shrinking the lands from a first land length (L1) at the surface to a second land length (L2) at the surface, wherein the second land length (L2) is less than the first land length (L1) and the grooves have a second width (W2) wherein (W1)?(X)(W2), wherein (X) has a value in the range of 0.01 to 0.75.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: FNS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Lefevre, Oscar K. Hsu, David Adam Wells, John Erik Aldeborgh, Marc C. Jin, Guangwei Wu, Anoop Mathew
  • Patent number: 8697835
    Abstract: A method for restoring a programmed article which contains a shape memory composite material of at least one shape memory polymer network with thermally inducible triple shape properties, the method comprising subjecting the article to a magnetic alternating field and simultaneously to an external heat supply in order to trigger the restoration, wherein at least one of the parameters of magnetic field strength (H) and ambient temperature (TUmg) is increased continuously or discontinuously in such a way that the article first experiences a transition in shape from the first temporary shape (TF1) into the second temporary shape (TF2) and subsequently from the second temporary shape (TF2) into the permanent shape (PF).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht Zentrum für Material—und Küstenforschung GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Lendlein, Narendra Kumar Uttamchand, Karl Kratz, Marc Behl
  • Publication number: 20140100645
    Abstract: A delivery system is provided with a flushing groove between an inner catheter and an outer sheath. The outer sheath is attached to a first handle member, and the inner catheter is attached to a second handle member. A medical device disposed between the inner catheter and outer sheath is deployed by moving the first and second handle members longitudinally relative to each other. The groove is provided along the outer surface of the inner catheter and is adapted to allow flushing fluid to pass between the inner catheter and the outer sheath.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventors: Brent A. Mayle, James C. Merk
  • Publication number: 20140092577
    Abstract: A unit mounting device is a unit mounting device on which an electronic device unit 1 is mounted, and includes a base portion provided to face a side surface of the electronic device unit, an upper-side eaves portion formed to extend from an upper part of the base portion towards the electronic device unit side, a lower-side eaves portion formed to extend from a lower part of the base portion towards the electronic device unit side, a standing portion formed to project upward from an end part on an extending side of the lower-side eaves portion, and a projecting portion that is provided to have a width narrower than a width of the side surface of the electronic device unit and to project from the standing portion towards the electronic device unit side.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Murata, Takashi Ando
  • Patent number: 8636937
    Abstract: A method for forming hierarchical patterns on an article by nanoimprinting is disclosed. The method includes using a first mold to form a primary pattern on the article at a first temperature and a first pressure, the first temperature and the first pressure being able to reduce the elastic modulus of the article; and using a second mold to form a second pattern on the primary pattern at a second temperature that is below the article's glass transition temperature, the forming of the second pattern being at a second pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Agency for Science, Technology and Research
    Inventors: Fengxiang Zhang, Hong Yee Low
  • Patent number: 8637587
    Abstract: Release agents with increased affinity toward nano-imprint lithography template surfaces interact strongly with the template during separation of the template from the solidified resist in a nano-imprint lithography process. The strong interaction between the surfactant and the template surface reduces the amount of surfactant pulled off the template surface during separation of a patterned layer from the template in an imprint lithography cycle. Maintaining more surfactant associated with the surface of the template after the separation of the patterned layer from the template may reduce the amount of surfactant needed in a liquid resist to achieve suitable release of the solidified resist from the template during an imprint lithography process. Strong association of the release agent with the surface of the template facilitates the formation of ultra-thin residual layers and dense fine features in nano-imprint lithography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Molecular Imprints, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Y. Xu, Weijun Liu
  • Patent number: 8613879
    Abstract: A method of forming a stamped feature (P) on a substrate (S) includes: applying a plurality of stamping tool segments (32, 40a, 40b, 40c, 50, 60, 70, 80, 92) to at least one surface of the substrate. An arrangement (30, 90) for forming a stamped feature (P) on a substrate (S) includes a plurality of stamping tool segments (32, 40a, 40b, 40c, 50, 60, 70, 80, 92) that actuatable individually, in concert in groups of more than one, or combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Mycrolab Diagnostics Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Micah James Atkin
  • Patent number: 8603289
    Abstract: A slide-room for installation in a recreational vehicle or other structure is disclosed. The slide-room comprises a shell, which can be constructed from fiberglass. The shell comprises an end wall, a ceiling, a floor, two opposing side walls, and a flange extending from the end wall, wherein the end wall, the ceiling, the floor, the side walls and the flange comprise a one-piece, unitary construction. Also disclosed are methods for molding composite components, such as slide-room. In one specific implementation, the shell for a slide-room is formed from fiberglass using a vacuum assisted resin transfer process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Composite Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Chase, Dennis Dame
  • Patent number: 8597768
    Abstract: A laminated foam article contains at least two foam boards having mating peak and groove surface profiles where surface skin remains on at least a portion of the profiles and wherein the foam boards are laminated to one another in a mating orientation with the peaks of one foam surface within the grooves of the adjoining foam surface with an adhesive between the mating surfaces of the foams and wherein the laminated foam article has a thickness that exceeds 200 millimeters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Dow Global Technologies LLC
    Inventors: John Gordon-Duffy, Anett Borgwardt
  • Patent number: 8591835
    Abstract: One or more embodiments of the invention are directed to sample tubes comprising a cylindrical elongate tube having a gripping section with at least one discontinuity extending radially about the outside surface of the elongate tube. Methods of making sample tubes and their use in sample handlers are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Gregory B. Norell
  • Patent number: 8591681
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for producing a mold made of a composite material by using a prepreg material. First, a material 200 of a mold having a long two-dimensional shape and in a semi-cured state is produced from a prepreg sheet by continuous pultrusion molding. Subsequently, the semi-cured material 200 is mounted on a plurality of templates 131, 132, 133, 134, and 135 vertically provided on a base plate 120 of a molding apparatus 100, and thereby plastically deformed into a three-dimensional shape. The entire molding apparatus 100 is heated and pressurized to produce a completely-cured mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Jamco Corporation
    Inventor: Kazumi Asari